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NeNe Leakes Triumphantly Returns To ‘Real Housewives Of Atlanta’ In New Trailer — Watch
- Scott Baumgartner
Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler Teaming for Netflix Comedy
Netflix has ordered eight episodes. It follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. The eight-episode series is set to premiere on Netflix in more than 190 countries around the world.
The series is co-created by Lyonne, Poehler and Leslye Headland. Headland will serve as writer for the first episode and Lyonne and Headland will write for the series. The series is produced by Universal Television, Poehler’s Paper Kite Productions, Jax Media and 3 Arts Entertainment, with Brooke Posch serving as exec producer for Paper Kite and Dave Becky as exec producer for 3 Arts Entertainment. The series marks Lyonne’s second Netflix-starring role, as she’s a staple in the successful emsembler “Orange Is the New Black.”
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
'Hollywood Masters' Series Sets Helen Mirren, Patrick Stewart, More for Season 8
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Helen Mirren and Patrick Stewart are among the top talent who will be taking part in season 8 of Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television's The Hollywood Masters, hosted by The Hollywood Reporter's executive editor, features, Stephen Galloway.
The join a lineup of participants that has included Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Michael Caine, Sean Penn, Amy Adams, Oliver Stone, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David O. Russell and Aaron Sorkin. Season 1 of the series currently is <a »
- THR Staff
Dick Wolf Drama ‘F.B.I.’ in the Works at CBS
The network has given a series production commitment to a new drama with the working title “F.B.I.” about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Shooting is slated to begin next spring on a pilot, with subsequent episodes set to film in the summer. The series is planned to premiere in the 2018-19 season.
Wolf and Craig Turk will serve as executive producers with longtime Wolf collaborators Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski. Universal Television, where Wolf is based, will produce the series with CBS Television Studios.
CBS is committing to 13 episodes for season one — an uncharacteristic move for the network, which rarely forges ahead on series without shooting a pilot first. The production commitment is tantamount to a straight-to-series order, which means that producers are moving ahead on casting »
- Daniel Holloway
Sabrina the Teenage Witch Series in Development at CW From ‘Riverdale’ Team
Sabrina the Teenage Witch could soon be returning to television.
The CW and Warner Bros. Television are developing a new one-hour drama based around the character for the 2018-2019 season, Variety has learned.
The potential series would be based on the Archie Comics series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which reimagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and witchcraft. The series is described as being tonally in the vein of horror classics like “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist,” and will see Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature as a half-witch, half-mortal while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family, and the daylight world humans inhabit.
Should the project move forward, it would serve as a companion series to “Riverdale,” the dark reimagining of the Archie Comics that puts Archie and the rest of his high school friends at the heart of a »
- Joe Otterson
Jessica Biel on ‘The Sinner’s’ Surprise Success and Season 2 Plans
USA Network’s “The Sinner,” the small-screen adaptation of Petra Hammesfahr’s novel, has become the surprise hit of the summer. The drama has dominated ratings since its debut, taking the No. 1 slot in Live+7 numbers.
Even executive producer and series star Jessica Biel has been taken aback by just how strong a reception the show has seen. “Generally it never occurred to me that we’d have such great ratings,” Biel admits to Variety.
Biel thinks the show’s combination of high-caliber creative team and unique subject matter is what has led to the success. “It felt like something we’d never seen before,” Biel says. “The characters were an absolute dream for a creative and challenging experiment, and with a woman at the front of it all – and kind of an unlikable woman – it seemed like a good challenge and it seemed like something new.”
“The Sinner” was designed to be an eight-episode story that »
- Danielle Turchiano
‘Game of Thrones’: Fifth Prequel Series in Development at HBO
A fifth “Game of Thrones” prequel series is officially in the works at HBO, Variety has confirmed.
Bryan Cogman, who has worked on “Game of Thrones” since Season 1, has been tapped to pen a potential fifth prequel project for the network. It was previously known that four prequels were in development, though George R.R. Martin said that a fifth was also in the works. When Martin first spoke of the fifth writer being recruited in May, he said that apart from himself and “Thrones” experts Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, “I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”
Cogman has worked on the show in various capacities over the years, most recently as a writer and co-executive producer. Among the episodes Cogman has written for the series are “Stormborn,” the second episode of Season 7, and “The Broken Man, the seventh episode of Season 6 which introduced the character of Lyanna Mormont »
- Joe Otterson
Sean Penn to Star in Beau Willimon Sci-Fi Series ‘The First’ on Hulu
Sean Penn will be making his first foray into series television thanks to a starring role in “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon’s upcoming sci-fi drama “The First.” The series, which will premiere on Hulu in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the U.K. and Ireland, follows the first human mission to Mars in the not-too-distant future. The character drama focuses on the astronauts who embark on the mission but also their families, loved ones and the people participating back on Earth. It also hopes to explore the challenges that go into interplanetary colonization. It was given a straight-to-series order on both. »
- Carli Velocci
Lee Daniels Developing Pair of Drama Projects at Fox with Julian Breece, Peter Mattei
Lee Daniels will executive produce two drama projects currently in development at Fox, Variety has learned.
The first project, titled “Victory,” is a one-hour drama set in the world of competitive gospel choirs. It tells the story of a prodigal son and a group of forgotten young people who must rise above their personal hardships to save a church and heal a broken community through the power of song. The project has received a put pilot commitment at the network. Julian Breece will write and executive produce, with Daniels also executive producing along with Pam Williams and Kevin Donahue. This marks Breece’s second collaboration with Daniels and Fox, having recently sold the drama project “Mason Dixon.” Breece most recently served as a co-producer on Beau Willimon’s new Hulu series “The First.”
Fox has ordered a script with a penalty attached for the the second project, “East of Hope.” The »
- Joe Otterson
CBS Gives Straight-to-Series Order to FBI Drama from Executive Producer Dick Wolf
Today in "surprising news that actually makes perfect sense:" Law & Order and Chicago franchise executive producer Dick Wolf is making an FBI drama for CBS.
The one-hour series is being developed under the working title F.B.I. and will focus on the inner workings of the Federal Bureau of
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- Liam Mathews
Criminal Minds: Everything You Need to Know About Season 13
Criminal Minds ended Season 12 with a major car crash cliffhanger, but "who survived?" isn't the only burning question on fans' minds.
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- Joyce Eng
NBC Sets First Streaming Pact for Original ‘Will & Grace’ Ahead of Series Relaunch
NBC has set its first streaming deal for the original “Will & Grace” series, licensing eight seasons of the sitcom to Hulu with additional authenticated distribution on the NBC app and Mvpd platforms. The deal comes just in time to help promote the return of the sitcom on NBC later this month.
The sitcom that yielded 194 episodes from 1998 to 2006 will be available for streaming on Sept. 21, one week before the revival opens on NBC. The pact also covers the new episodes, which will be available for streaming shortly after each episode’s broadcast premiere.
The new-model “Will & Grace” is set for a 16-episode run and has been renewed for a second season. The original creative team of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan are shepherding the revival along with director James Burrows. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes have returned that revolves around the relationship between a gay man and a straight woman and their friends »
- Joe Otterson
Will & Grace: Seasons 1-8 (Finally, at Long Last) Coming to Hulu, NBC App
Will & Grace fans, get ready to binge your brains out ahead of the series’ return next week.
Beginning this Thursday, Sept. 21, all 194 episodes from the sitcom’s first eight seasons will be available on the NBC app, Hulu and on-demand through satellite, cable and telco pay TV providers, NBC announced Wednesday. The first-ever streaming deal for the show comes one week before the 16-episode revival launches on NBC.
“As we gear up for the launch of the upcoming season premiere, I can’t think of a better way to reintroduce Will & Grace to the cultural zeitgeist than by giving audiences »
‘Will & Grace’ Lands First-Ever Streaming Deal With Hulu For Old & New Episodes
As Will & Grace is coming back to NBC for at least two new seasons, the series’ original 194 episodes will be made available for streaming for the first time via a deal with Hulu. The Emmy-winning comedy will be available on Hulu as well as the NBC app and on-demand via satellite, cable and telco pay TV providers, beginning Thursday, September 21, one week ahead of the Sept. 28 return of Will & Grace on NBC. The deal also extends to the new episodes of Will & Grace, which… »
Dick Wolf's New FBI Drama Isn't Set in Chicago? And It's Not for NBC?
We’re going to need a minute.
Prolific producer Dick Wolf will next tackle the FBI, but not as part of his ever-expanding #OneChicago universe and not as a project for longtime distributor NBC.
Instead, it is CBS that has granted a 13-episode series production commitment to F.B.I. (working title, annoying periods included), a one-hour drama about the inner workings of the bureau’s New York office, to air during the 2018-19 season.
Senator Calls Jimmy Kimmel Claims “Absolute Garbage”; Obama Calls Gop Efforts “Aggravating”
“Next time, call,” seems to be the message from senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham to late-night host Jimmy Kimmel. “I wished he would’ve called Senator Cassidy to ask him if what I’m reading is true,” Graham said to NBC’s Kasie Hunt today. “Because you heard some liberal talking points that are absolute garbage. He bought it hook, line and sinker.” Graham and Cassidy, snared by Hunt in a walk & talk interview, seemed especially peeved that Kimmel questioned Cassidy… »
Dick Wolf Gets CBS Series Order For FBI Drama
Dick Wolf is branching out. The uber producer and NBC Mvp, who has five drama series on the peacock network, has received a 13-episode order at CBS for a new procedural drama slated for launch during the 2018-2019 season. It will be Wolf’s first drama series to launch on a network other than NBC in 15 years, since the 2003 Dragnet reboot on ABC. The new series, tentatively titled F.B.I., will chronicle the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of… »
The Walking Dead Showrunner Says "All Out War" Will End in Season 8
The Walking Dead's "All Out War" won't be endless.
In fact, it'll be over pretty quickly once it starts; showrunner Scott Gimple confirmed to EW that the war between factions led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) will end in Season 8.
It's a surprisingly candid
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- Liam Mathews
Former ‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen to Be Feted by Recording Musicians Association Fundraiser
Erstwhile Simpsons composer Alf Clausen and California State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon are the guests of honor at the 24th Annual Rmala Night fundraiser for the Recording Musicians Association Los Angeles Chapter. The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.
“Alf is a legend, and has been a huge part of the fabric of our community,” Rma national president Marc Sazer said of the selection of Clausen as an honoree. “I can’t think of anyone else that has scored a television show for 27 seasons with original music and a live orchestra.” Clausen was unceremoniously “fired” from Fox’s “The Simpsons” on Aug. 30, it was reported in Variety.
“He was a great choice for a number of reasons, one of which was the instant fame he achieved by being fired,” joked Sazer, a violinist. “We’re proud to have him in our midst, under »
- Paula Parisi
Lindsey Graham Says Jimmy Kimmel’s Healthcare Talking Points Are ‘Absolute Garbage’
Washington D.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-s.C.) and Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the co-sponsors of the latest Gop legislation to repeal Obamacare, pushed back on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night attacks on the bill, and said that he should have called them before calling Cassidy a “liar.”
In an interview with NBC News on Wednesday, Graham said that while Kimmel is “funny” and a “decent fellow,” he “wished he would have called Senator Cassidy to ask him, ‘Is what I am reading true?’ Because he heard some liberal talking points that are absolutely garbage. He bought it hook, line and sinker.”
On his show on Tuesday night, Kimmel attacked Cassidy as a “liar” for coming on his show earlier this year and saying that he would not back any legislation that does not protect people with pre-existing conditions, or does not cover families who face healthcare emergencies. Kimmel drew attention earlier this year for delivering a monologue »
- Ted Johnson
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